Visakhapatnam Port Trust Railway

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Visakhapatnam Port Trust Railway

A proposal for the construction of a harbour at Visakhapatnam(Vizagapatam) was first put forward in 1914 by the Bengal-Nagpur Railway(BNR). In 1922 a proposal by the British Admiralty for a harbour at the mouth of the Maghadrigedda River was accepted [1].

The Inner Harbour was built by the BNR between 1927 and 1933 to facilitate the export of manganese ore from the Central Provinces . The port, opened in 1933 and was inaugurated by Lord Willingdon, the then Viceroy of India. [2].

The port was originally served by a 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) railway used to transport manganese ore. Over the years the system has been extended [1].


  1. 1.0 1.1 “Industrial Railways and Locomotives of India and South Asia” compliled by Simon Darvill. Published by ‘The Industrial Railway Society’ 2013. ISBN 978 1 901556 82-7. Available at Reference: Entry AP44 page 74-75
  2. Wikipedia “Visakhapatnam Port” ; Retrieved 3 Feb 2017